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Learn about pulmonary hypertension from the patient perspective

Posted on August 15, 2018

Patients, family, friends and members of the Michigan Medicine community affected by pulmonary hypertension are welcome to attend an interactive dialogue held at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center’s Danto Auditorium.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Care providers and a patient panel will discuss the “Patient Perspective,” presented at the World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension.

This event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided with registration.

To RSVP, click here.

Improve your mentoring skills at MICHR Mentoring Academy

Posted on August 15, 2018

Do you want to develop and hone your mentoring skills? Consider applying for the MICHR Mentoring Academy.

The Mentoring Academy is designed for senior postdocs and faculty in clinical and translational research. Participants in this program will learn how to better coach and counsel other less-experienced mentors as well as enhance their own interpersonal skills for mutually beneficial mentor-mentee interactions.

Participants in the Mentoring Academy will address challenges facing faculty mentors via case studies, group discussions and role-plays.

The Mentoring Academy will consist of 6-8 required one-hour sessions based on the widely used Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research.

The application deadline is Sept. 16, and the MICHR Mentoring Academy starts in October. Click here for more information.

Plan ahead and expect delays: Upcoming construction project

Posted on August 15, 2018

Please be advised that an upcoming repair project in the Simpson parking structure is expected to cause a sidewalk and traffic lane closure on East Hospital Drive.

Plan ahead and expect delays and alert patients if they will be traveling in the area.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Between Thursday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 18, the eastbound traffic lane and south sidewalk along E. Hospital Drive is scheduled to be closed to stage a concrete pump and truck.
  • Westbound traffic will be maintained at all times during the project.
  • Watch for posted signs and barricades in the area.

Active U Autumn moves the entire university

Posted on August 15, 2018

School of Nursing coordinator Listron Mannix works out in the gym on the 8th floor of UH South.

Active U Autumn, MHealthy’s eight-week physical activity challenge, returns to encourage the entire university community to get moving this fall.

Register now through Sept. 17 and start tracking your exercise minutes on Sept. 18.

Offered twice a year, Active U promotes physical activity, friendly team competition and reaching a weekly exercise minutes goal based on your current amount of activity.

“I was an Active U team captain this past winter and I enjoyed the playful competition and was motivated by my teammates’ success stories, which helped me stay on track with my own physical activity,” said Listron Mannix, center and project manager for the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities in the U-M School of Nursing.

Mannix understands the value of regular exercise and sustainable effort. As a preteen and teenager, he weighed more than 300 pounds and was able to get the weight off by eating everything in moderation and maintaining a good balance.

“For me, Active U is not about losing weight or pushing yourself beyond your limits,” said Mannix. “It’s about motivating and encouraging each other to move a little more, have fun and feel good.”

Program highlights:

  • Friendly team competition: Join a team or create a team with your coworkers, U-M friends or spouse/other qualified adult (OQA). Team rosters must be set by Sept. 17. You can also participate as an individual.
  • Updated online tracker: Improvements based on Active U participant feedback make it easier to log activity minutes and see weekly progress.
  • Sync to your device or app: The tracker supports a number of wearable activity devices and free apps like Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, Withings, Misfit, MapMyWalk, RunKeeper and more.
  • Donate to charity: This year, you can make an optional donation towards the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center.
  • Opportunity to win prizes: Continue to track your exercise through the end of the program to have a chance to win Amazon gift cards!
  • Be a part of a huge community: This past winter’s Active U program drew more than 12,000 participants.
  • Qualifies for Rewards: Benefits-eligible faculty and staff who successfully complete the first two weeks of Active U Autumn can earn 25 points toward MHealthy Rewards 2018. For more information, log into the StayWell Portal.

Active U Autumn is open to university faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, retirees and spouses/OQAs of employees.

Register for Active U Autumn by Sept. 17.

Service Spotlight: Better communication, better care

Posted on August 15, 2018

Exceptional communication is a key component to patient care.

The manner in which a physician or other clinician communicates information to a patient is as important as the information being communicated.

Patients who understand their caregivers are more likely to acknowledge health problems, understand their treatment options, modify their behavior accordingly and follow their medication schedules.

In this month’s Service Spotlight, the Office of Patient Experience is sharing letters from patients who had a great experience as a result of exceptional communication by Michigan Medicine physicians.

Shahbaz Ahmed, house officer, internal medicine

“Dr. Ahmed cared for me with compassion as an individual. He demonstrated a sincere interest in my health and well-being. And it was very reassuring that he explained in detail — and in easy-to understand language — every aspect of my treatment. I feel that his medical knowledge is of the highest level. He even contacted me at home to find out how I am doing! I am very grateful to have him as my nephrologist.”

Joshua Bornstein, house officer, dermatology

“Dr. Bornstein is an exceptional doctor. His demeanor, respect for patients and desire for excellence in patient care is outstanding and well beyond his years. It’s a pleasure to have him as my dermatologist. He always explains my results in a simple and clear manner and is always willing to answer my many questions and provide thorough answers. Michigan Medicine is very fortunate to have him!”

The Office of Patient Experience has identified the following resources for faculty and staff to improve communication with patients and families:

  • Checklist on best practices for rounding with patients: Download the checklist by clicking here.
  • Faculty can attend a workshop on enhancing communication skills. Click for details.

Plan ahead and expect delays: Geddes Rd. construction project

Posted on August 14, 2018

Please be advised that an ongoing project along Geddes Rd. is expected to cause traffic delays.

Plan ahead and alert patients if they will be traveling in the area.

Here’s what you need to:

  • Today and tomorrow, Aug. 15, work is scheduled to repair several sections of pavement on Geddes Road between Huron Parkway and Earhart Road.
  • Work is expected to take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.
  • Two-way traffic will be maintained with the assistance of a flagperson, although an alternate route is suggested.

Reminder: Faculty, staff invited to participate in maternal and infant health town hall

Posted on August 14, 2018

All Michigan Medicine community members are invited to participate in an upcoming Maternal and Infant Health Town Hall.

The event — to be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 — is presented by Michigan Medicine in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Maternal Infant Strategy Group.

At the event, attendees will:

  • Be introduced to the logic model for the state’s 2019-2022 Mother Infant Health Improvement Plan
  • Be solicited for feedback to determine priorities and barriers to successful program implementation

While the event takes place in Detroit, it will be livestreamed from the U-M Research Auditorium in Building 10 of the North Campus Research Complex.

To register, click here.

Help celebrate Turner Senior Resource Center’s 20th anniversary!

Posted on August 14, 2018

All Michigan Medicine faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the Turner Senior Resource Center’s 20th anniversary next month!

Join patients, families and colleagues for a full week of festivities.

The following events are free, but you should RSVP to ensure you have a spot by calling 734-998-9353.

Tuesday, Sept. 11: Arts & eats

  • Get guided tours of Gallery 55+ at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • 10 a.m.: Risotto and veggie carving demonstration from Chef Adam of StoryPoint
  • Noon: Philly cheesesteak cooking demonstration by Chef Mark from Hillside Terrace
  • 3 p.m.: Taste of Mexico with Chef Allie from Atria

Wednesday, Sept. 12: Aging well health lectures

  • 10 a.m.: Michigan’s Longitudinal Health and Retirement Study: Lessons Learned about Dementia Risk with Dr. Langa
  • 3 p.m.: “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come”: Aging Well with the Cards You’ve Been Dealt with Dr. Amanda Leggett

Thursday, Sept. 13: Rec & tech

  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Technology mentors will be available for free consultation. Bring questions about your computer, tablet or phone.
  • 10 a.m. – noon: Mah-jongg tournament
  • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Chess tournament
  • 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Bridge tournament

Friday, Sept. 14: Move your body and celebrate

  • Partake in an open house all day to learn about the programs housed in the building. Live music will be provided at 11:30 a.m. by Pat Grimes, at 1 p.m. by Donna Baird, and at 2 p.m. by Valiant Voices.
  • 10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.: Posture, Balance & Strength Sampler
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Walking Off the Pounds
  • 1:10 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.: Enhanced Fitness
  • 2:30 p.m.: Cake cutting and remarks
  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Silver Club open house

The Turner Resource Center is located at 2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C. For more information, click here.

Michigan Medicine hospitals ranked No. 5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

Posted on August 14, 2018

Michigan Medicine’s adult hospitals were ranked No. 5 in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings for 2018-19, an honor that measures excellence in patient care.

Michigan Medicine also had 10 surgical and medical specialties ranked in the nation’s top 10. The annual rankings placed Michigan Medicine No. 1 in Michigan.

“This No. 5 ranking is a reflection of our relentless commitment to putting patients first,” said Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., who is executive vice president for medical affairs, chief executive officer of Michigan Medicine and dean of the U-M Medical School.

“These rankings are heavily influenced by quality and safety measures. I am proud of the people in this organization who go above and beyond every day to ensure our high standards of quality and safety,” said Runge.

The U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll rankings are achieved in part by the organization’s excellent nurse-to-patient ratios. The ratios are in the top 2 percent of all hospitals in the country.

“Our employees — from our multi-disciplinary care teams, to our nurses, to our support staff — embody our values of teamwork, integrity, innovation and excellence, and they earn this national recognition every day,” said Runge.

Only 3 percent, or 152 hospitals out of the more than 4,500 evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, earned even one ranked spot.

Michigan Medicine prioritizes improving outcomes and patient care, which influenced the No. 5 ranking, the highest ranking ever for Michigan Medicine, said David Spahlinger, M.D., president of the U-M Health System and executive vice dean for clinical affairs of the U-M Medical School.

“The national No. 5 ranking, along with 10 of our specialties ranked in the national top 10, and being ranked No. 1 in Michigan ­— all are reflections of the expertise and dedication of our staff, our learners and our faculty,” said Spahlinger. “Every day, we strive to provide a great patient experience with innovative, cutting-edge treatments. These rankings validate our efforts, and we are proud of the people who are so committed to our patients and families.”

Ten U-M specialty areas rank in the top 10 in the country: Otolaryngology (#1),  Gynecology (#2), Pulmonology (#5, 2-way tie), Urology (#5), Gastroenterology and GI surgery (#6), Geriatrics (#7), Nephrology (#8), Cardiology and heart surgery (#8, 2-way tie), Ophthalmology (#8) and Neurology and Neurosurgery (#9).

Also receiving impressive rankings: Rheumatology (#11), Cancer (#15, 2-way tie), Diabetes and Endocrinology (#13), Orthopedics (#21) and Rehabilitation was cited as high performing.

“A No. 5 national ranking is clearly an honor,” said Jeffrey Desmond, M.D., chief medical officer of Michigan Medicine.

“It is proof that our team approach with physicians, nurses and all care providers gets outstanding results. This teamwork is an important core value that we will continue to make a priority.”

Our talented nurses play a significant role in the areas of care ranked by U.S. News & World Report, said Ann Scanlon McGinity, Ph.D, R.N., F.A.A.N., chief nurse executive for Michigan Medicine.

“Our institution values its entire nursing community, which is made up of more than 5,000 high-caliber women and men who are dedicated to delivering the best patient experience. We know the care our nurses provide is an essential component in achieving this year’s No. 5 ranking,” said Scanlon McGinity. “We thank them for the amazing work they do in providing safe and high-quality care to our patients and families.”

Two months ago U-M’s Michigan Medicine also received recognition by USNWR for its pediatric hospital – C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Mott was ranked No. 1 in Michigan and was the only hospital in the state ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties.

To learn more about other U-M clinical care honors, click here.